Book View

General Information

The Book View is the view that allows the user to display and edit non-Bible modules.  Its color code is orange.  A new Book View can be made by simply pressing the shortcut f12 or from the menu Window -> New Book view.  The Book View supports commentaries, dictionaries, general books, maps, devotionals, reading plans, etc.

Book View Options Menu

The Book View options menu contains options to customize the Book View.  It can be found in several places:

1.The Module Sets button at the left of the tab bar.  Choose Options.
Define Module Sets Button

Define Module Sets Button

2. Clicking any module tab and choosing Module Tabs -> Options.

This is the Book view options menu:

Options menu<br>

Options menu

Available options include:

Reader's background image: allows you to set a background image for the reading area. theWord comes with several predefined image backgrounds that can be found in the Backgrounds sub-directory of theWord installation folder. Clicking the Reader's background image button allows you to select the image and how you want it to be displayed.
Reader's background color changes the background color of the area in the Book View that displays topics content.
Fuzzy matching for topics: read the How word lookups are performed? topic for more information on this option.
Highlight buttons' background for matching modules adds a yellow highlight to the module tabs when there is relevant information (See View synchronization for more information on what this means).
Show 'B', 'C', 'V' buttons in topics selector box: these are the 3 orange buttons that appear in the topics list selector box ( the ones in the red rectangle). These options allows you to show or hide these (read below for their function).
Tabs in multiple rows displays the tabs for book modules in more than one row, if desired.
Move used items moves tabs for recently used modules to the far left when in single row mode so that the modules are readily available when used frequently.

Explanation of Book View

Book View<br>

Book View

There are four main areas on the book view, denoted with the red captions above.

The Tab bar which displays the available modules
The Toolbar that provides direct access to several functions related to the book view
The Topic List (which can be shown or hidden) provides an overall view of the available topics of the current module
The Topic Content Area is where the content of each topic is being displayed. For user modules, this is also the editor area where you write your own notes.

The Tab Bar

The tab bar contains all available modules for the view. Each module is represented on the Tab Bar with a button/tab with the abbreviation of the module. The abbreviations for each  module have been selected to be short and descriptive (usually consisting of the first letters of the titles of the module). You can change the Abbreviation of the module by right clicking on the button and entering a new Abbreviation in the popup menu that appears: . Alternatively, you can do so from the Module Properties dialog, which you can display from the context menu that appears when you right-click on a button and selecting the Module Properties... menu option.

Four different colors are used for the text on the buttons that represent the four major module types (when using dark themes, the colors are adjusted accordingly):

Green color is used for General books and devotionals
Blue color is used for commentaries
Red/Brown color is used for dictionaries and maps
Purple color is used for reading plans

User modules have a small pencil icon on the left (pencil) whereas a calendar icon () is used for devotionals . Notice also that some modules have a colored 'dot' on the right-upper corner (e.g. dot_match_blue, dot_match_green, dot_match). These dots represent whether the module has information that is relevant to the current topic/verse. Read about View synchronization for more information on what these dots mean.

The set of modules that are displayed at any time can be customized via the Module Sets dialog. Each view can be tailored to display either a specified set of modules, or all modules of one or more given type. This feature, along with the option to create as many Book views as you want and arrange them as you like, makes the interface of theWord very customizable.

If you hover your mouse over a button you will get a popup window with information about the module that includes Abbreviation, Title, Author(s), Publish date, File Path, Categories, Description.

On the left area of the Tab Bar there is the Module search input box book_view_module_search_input_box. You can click in there (or press SHIFT+F2) in order to search for a module. As you start typing, a list of modules appears whose abbreviation or title or description or author matches your input. This is the fastest way to locate a module if you cannot remember it's abbreviation.

If the modules cannot fit on the tab bar, a small button appears on the right : press it to gain access to the rest of the modules. Alternatively, you can choose to display the modules in multiple lines (see options above and specifically the Tabs in multiple rows option).

Book view toolbar

The toolbar can be dragged and positioned on the same row as the Tab bar in order to occupy less space. Some icons only appear on the toolbar depending on properties of the current module being used.

The first icon on the toolbar  only appears if the current module is a user module. This icon provides access to editing functions for the current module. Clicking on it, a menu appears that allows you to insert a new topic, update the subject or delete the current topic. You can delete multiple topics at once by selecting them with your mouse and the selecting the Delete selected/current topic(s)... menu item (or pressing SHIFT+CTRL+Del)

book_view_icon_back_forward The Back/Forward buttons allow you to move to the previous/next topic. Each book view holds a separate history of topics displayed. The module, topic and current position in the topic are registered in the history as you browse different books and topics. The history is reset when the program restarts.

book_view_icon_topiclistThe topic list button toggles the display of the topic tree at the left of the Book View.

clip0070 The Calendar icon appears only for devotionals that are calendar based. Clicking on it, a calendar appears that allows you to jump on the reading that corresponds to the selected date:


Notice in the calendar popup, that dates that have a devotional reading appear in bold.

TIP: To quickly jump to today's reading of a devotional, just right click on the devotionals tab/button and select the Today's Reading menu option.


book_view_input_boxThe topic input box allows you to input the desired topic to navigate quickly. If you click in and start typing, you will get a drop-down menu with all the topics that either start with the letters you type, or contain them within. The list is divided with the - inline matches - entry that appears within.  Clicking on the small arrow on the left provide a popup that is similar to the Topic List (read below) and is displayed according to the current options set in the Topic List. You can resize the popup that appears by dragging from the lower-right


book_view_bcv_buttonsBook/Chapter/Verse buttons: these buttons appear only when the current module is a Commentary. From left-to-right, they correspond to Book, Chapter, Verse level comments. They allow you to jump directly to a comment on a different level (if one exists). Each of the 3 buttons is enabled only if the corresponding comment exists. For example, suppose a commentary has comments for Mark (at the Book level), Mark 1 (1st chapter of Mark) and Mark 1:1 (first verse of first chapter of Mark). If you are currently viewing the comments on Mark 1:1, then the Book and Chapter level buttons will allow you to jump to the corresponding Book and Chapter level comments. Remember that a commentary is synchronized to a Bible view on the Verse level comments, then on the Chapter level comments, then on the Book level comments.

clip0033The topic navigation arrows will take you either forward to backward one topic at a time.

book_view_icon_printThe print icon allows you to print the content of the current topic.

clip0034Create New Book View button duplicates the Book View.

book_view_icon_zoomThe zoom in/out icons allow you to increase/decrease the font size of the reader. If you right-click on any of these icons, the zoom level will be reset the default value. You may also zoom in/out by holding down the CTRL key and scrolling the mouse wheel while over the book view reader.

clip0035The grab mode icon allows you to navigate the contents of the topic by clicking and dragging rather than scrolling.

clip0036The sync button allows you to sync the Book View with various Bible Views.

The arrow beside the sync icon give additional options for syncing the Book View.  You can choose the types of modules to sync.  Normally, when there are two or more Book Views, if the last option in this menu is unchecked, the Book View will only sync when it becomes active.  When the option is checked, it will sync even when inactive. Refer to the View synchronization topic to read more.

Book View Sync Menu

Book View Sync Menu

book_view_icon_resize_icon The image auto-resize icon appears when the current topic contains images/graphics (there is also a module level setting on whether the images are allowed to be resized; this setting should be set for the current module). This button appears only for non-user modules and for topics that contains images. Clicking on this button will force the images of the current topic to be resized so they fill the content area of the book view. Clicking on the black arrow on the right will display the following menu that allows you to choose the type of 'fit' you want for the images.


clip0044This icon allows you to navigate to the next search match within a topic. It is enabled only after you perform a search using the Book Search View. Every time you click it, the reader scroll to the next match. Holding down the CTRL key causes the reader to scroll to the previous match.

book_view_icon_arrowsThe more buttons arrow displays are available modules that cannot be displayed for lack of space in the single row tab bar view.


Topic List

The Topic List displays all topics for the selected module and can be toggled with the book_view_icon_topiclist icon. The Topic List supports drag-and-drop of topics that allow you to re-arrange topics (in user modules) or copy entire topics from one module to the other (by drag-and-dropping topics from the Topic List of one book view to a Topic List of another book view). For more information read the topic Copying/Moving book topics.

The Topic List appears by default at the left area of book view.  You can move the Topic List to any position within the book view (north, east, south, west) by dragging it from it's caption area (click on the space between the Options button and the X and drag). The Topic List cannot float and you cannot drag it to another view.

Depending on the type of module you are viewing, the Topic List will display in a flat or hierarchical mode the topics of the module (see Topic List Options below on how you can customize that).

The nodes in the Topic List, which represent topics, may appear with different formatting (normal, bold, italic, gray-italic). Each type of formatting denotes some specific properties for the topic. The available options are:

normal font style: this is a normal topic and there is content available
bold: this is a normal topic with content, but there are also sub-topics available
italic: this is a new topic and there is no content available (empty topic): it may or may not have sub-topics
gray-italic : this is not a real topic, just a placeholder that is used to group sub-topics. This kind of node appears mostly in commentaries, when you have selected the Show as tree, replacing missing nodes or in dictionaries when you have selected the Show as tree, grouping on initials...

If a topic contains sub-topics, then on right part of the topic subject, a number in square brackets in green color will appear which indicates the number of direct subtopics (e.g. [3], [11], ...).

Read more on how you can use the Topic List to copy/move topics.

Topic List options

The topic list menu provides you with options to customize how the topic list behaves (the Options button appears on the top of the Topic List).

Topic List menu<br>

Topic List menu


The Show as... selections determine how the tree will display for commentaries.  A list will display simply as the topics one on top of one another.  A tree will display the list as child topics of parent topics.  For example, "Genesis -> [All topics in Genesis]".  The tree mode allows the books to be collapsed to save space.  The tree replacing missing nodes displays a full parent-child tree, like "Genesis -> Chapter 1 -> [all topics for chapter 1]".

In case of dictionaries, the menu will display:

: in that case, you can select the number of initial letters (0-3) to group the topics of the dictionary.

In case of books, these options are not available.

TIP: Unlike all other options, the Show as ... options are saved individually for each module across all book views. This setting also decides how the topics are displayed when you click on the small black arrow at the right-end of the topics input box that resided on the book view toolbar.

Expand and Collapse tree will expand and collapse the topic tree (when enabled) all at once.

Show popup when mouse hovers over a topic displays the entire topic in a tool tip when you hover over the topic in the topic list.

Auto-expand nodes on click causes the tree to auto-expand when you click on a node that contains children (sub-topics). At the same time, the previously selected/expanded node collapses.

Context menu of Topic List

The following menu appears when you right-click on a topic with your mouse. The first three options appear only for user modules and are identical with the options that appear when you click on the icon on the toolbar.


The Find "..." options perform a search of the subject of the current topic in the Books or Bibles you have installed. Please, see the Bible Search View and Book Search View for relevant information.

The Lookup function performs a Lookup on the selected subject. Please, read the How word lookups are performed topic for more information.

The Topic Content Area

This is the area where the content of each topics appears. For user modules, this is also the actual editor where you can write your notes or change existing content. Please, see the User Modules section for more information on how to create and edit user modules.

Read more on User formatting for non-user Book modules.

  ©2003-2012 Costas Stergiou
manual version: 4.0.1327